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   "The real issue is the Community method"
   During yesterday's debate in Parliament on the Intergovermental
   Conference, Mr Jacques Delors, President of the Commission,
   described the outcome as a step forward, given the difficulties
   currently besetting the European Community.  But Mr Delors was
   quite clear about the Commission's  reasons for the
   dissatisfaction with the Conference's conclusions : the
   conditions for completion of the internal market, the lack of
   consistency between various Community policies, and
   Parliament's role in decision-making.
   If the Conference's limited achievements were to be turned into
   a success, the use of qualified majority voting would have to
   be extended, more powers would have bo be delegated to the
   Commission and the Community's democratic base would have to be
   strenghtened by involving Parliament to a greater extent.
   Mr Delors called on the three institutions to mend their ways
   so that the progress made possible by the Conference could be
   exploited to the full.
   Mr Delors went on to give his own interpretation of the
   Conference.  He stressed the importance for the further
   development of the Community of the notion of "active
   differentiation" being accepted.  This would allow those Member
   States who so wished to advance in specific areas, such as the
   internal market and monetary or technological cooperation, in
   the hope that the others would  eventually follow.  Mr Delors
   added that the solidarity which underpinned the very idea of
   the Community was a matter for the Ministers.
   Referring to discussions on the fixed cross-channel link and
   the Westland affair, Mr Delors critized wide-spread scepticism
   of the Community method.  The real issue was whether Member
   States still regarded the Community method as the basis of
   their cooperation.
               
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    "The real issue is the Community method.  It is not sufficient
   to praise it, it must be put into practice.  I believe that
   this is the challenge which is now facing the Council, the
   Commission, and the Parliament, a challenge which Parliament
   must take seriously : in today's twelve-nation Community, is
   the Community method still the best way of allowing individual
   countries to take advantage of the European dimension, the best
   way of building a Europe which will have something to say in
   the year 2.000.  The answer is yes or no.  If we answer yes, we
   must draw the appropriate conclusions.  It is in the hope that
   everyone will do just this that the Commission, despite its
   reservation and without any illusions, is giving its reasoned
   assent to the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Conference.
   This in no way diminishes our enthusiasm or our determination
   to go on building this Europe of ours".

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